COVID-19 challenge: Calling for innovation in a time of crisis

April 1, 2020

The crisis caused by the COVID 19 virus in Serbia is accelerating. The Government has introduced measures to control the epidemic in its initial phase and to overcome it on mid/ longer-term. To improve needed capacities the government is procuring necessary medical supplies, machinery and equipment for a systematic response to the outbreak. In this context, the United Nations Development Programme, in cooperation with the World Health Organization, is launching a Challenge for proposing new, innovative solutions or replicate solutions existing in other parts of the world, to protect service providers and caregivers from COVID-19 and to minimize the risk of transmission. 

UNDP Serbia is therefore soliciting legal entities to propose innovative ways of producing or procuring innovative products, technological solutions and new value chains for the production or procuring of:               

  1. Personal protective equipment (PPE) (i.e. masks, gloves, visors, etc.) to support the government service providers and most vulnerable communities and caregivers;

  2. Medical equipment such as respirators/ventilators;

  3. Production of COVID 19 testing kits;

  4. Healthcare waste management processes and equipment.   

The goal of the Challenge is to not only incentivize production by the private sector, but also stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship in the time of crisis.

The chosen proposals will be offered the opportunity of co-financing. In addition to this, UNDP, supported by WHO, will enable and facilitate dialogue with relevant national authorities in terms of getting licenses, and promote the project outputs as examples of best practices.

The upcoming deadlines are:

Early bird deadline: April 10th, 2020 

2nd phase deadline: April 24th, 2020 

Following the April 24th deadline, the Challenge is closing and will no longer accept applications.

Please read the whole Challenge here, and find more information about the WHO guidance on Disease Commodity Packages here. If you want to use UNDP’s existing template for the Statement of co-financing, please download it (in Serbian) here

The application form is available here.